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(COMPANY NAME) is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US. Our goal is to become the bank of choice by providing superior services to customers and clients and supporting our stakeholders via a commercially successful business that generates long-term sustainable returns.

Our two clearly defined divisions, (COMPANY NAME) UK and (COMPANY NAME) International, provide diversification by business line, geography and customer, enhancing financial resilience and helping to contribute to the delivery of consistent returns through the business cycle. We have a strong core business with exciting prospects, well positioned to deliver long-term value for our shareholders.

Consistent with the objective of delivering long-term sustainable value for all our stakeholders, we have developed our Shared Growth Ambition - our approach to citizenship and the sustainability of the business model we operate. The aim is to make decisions and do business that provides our clients and customers, and the communities which we serve, with access to a prosperous future.  The delivery of our strategy is underpinned by the energy, commitment and passion of our people, and we are clear on our common purpose: to help people achieve their ambitions, in the right way.

About Legal
The Legal function provides legal advice to all of (COMPANY NAME)' businesses and infrastructure functions, including areas such as transactional support, litigation management, commercial contract support and general legal advice, and provides dedicated business-aligned support to all divisions of (COMPANY NAME). 

It is the policy of (COMPANY NAME) to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, colour, creed, religion, national origin, age or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law.
Dynamic working gives everyone at (COMPANY NAME) the opportunity to integrate professional and personal lives, if you have a need for flexibility then please discuss this with the hiring manager.
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­We are an equal opportunity employer and we are opposed to discrimination on any grounds.

Overall purpose of role

§  The (COMPANY NAME) UK (BUK) business offers investment services ranging from discretionary portfolio management and investment advice (provided by UK Wealth Managers) to our online execution only platform ((COMPANY NAME) Smart Investor). 
§  As well as distributing third party products through these channels, BUK also manufactures and manages its own range of investment funds and administers share and reward plans for employers (Global Stock and Rewards).
§  Following the successful implementation of ring-fencing the business continues to require expert legal support with the design, development and maintenance of investment propositions, implementation of further regulatory change and preparations for Brexit. 
§  The Investment Products and Services team provides that specialist resource and requires an experienced lawyer to join this highly motivated and collaborative team.
Key Accountabilities

§  Delivering expert and timely legal advice to enable the business to deliver on its objectives in a sustainable and compliant way and ensure good outcomes for clients and customers.
§  Liaising with lawyers in other teams to provide consistent support, while acting as a "centre of excellence" for investment product and service related legal issues.
§  Drafting and negotiating contractual arrangements including client facing terms and intra-group or third party arrangements.
§  Providing appropriate risk based advice to help the business respond to change and influence strategy.

Stakeholder Management and Leadership

§  Promote and facilitate collaboration with other infrastructure teams (Compliance, Financial Crime, Tax and Risk).
§  Develop a strong partnership with the business; provide appropriate challenge and remain robust in the face of challenge to deliver the best possible outcomes.
§  Ensure that legal senior management are appropriately briefed on emerging risks and issues, and show ownership in seeking buy-in or escalation where this is required.

Decision-making and Problem Solving

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong judgement and analytical skills to consistently deliver against a broad range of competing targets.  Measures of success include:
· Displaying efficient use of legal resource.
· Identifying improvements in the risk and control framework.
· Using skills to solve complex problems creatively and effectively.
· Using technical knowledge to create commercial advantages for the business.

Risk and Control Objective

All (COMPANY NAME) colleagues have to ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with regulatory requirements, Enterprise Wide Risk Management Framework and internal (COMPANY NAME) Policies and Policy Standards. 

The successful candidate will be skilled in identifying legal and non-legal risks and issues that could impact the BUK Wealth and Investment Management business.  They will ensure that legal risks and issues are understood by the business and provide assistance where required to identify and implement solutions.  They will be proactive in embedding Legal's Risk Management Framework and ensuring compliance with the relevant policies and standards e.g. on Legal Engagement and Use of Law Firms.

Person Specification and Experience

§  Qualified lawyer (admitted to practice in the UK) with strong academic record and appropriate training record.
§  Familiarity with investment products and services and applicable regulations, and ideally with their application to a UK retail-focused business.
§  Strong technical expertise with a "growth" mindset (continually learning and developing) and a proven ability to adapt to different areas of work.

Purpose and Values
(COMPANY NAME) has a single cross-business Purpose for (COMPANY NAME) and five core Values which underpin it.
Our Purpose is helping people achieve their ambitions in the right way. Put simply this is the answer to the question 'What is (COMPANY NAME) for?' and it should guide our every action as employees.

We respect and value those we work with, and the contribution that they make.
We act fairly, ethically and openly in all we do.
We put our clients and customers at the centre of what we do.
We use our energy, skills and resources to deliver the best, sustainable results.
We are passionate about leaving things better than we found them

Source: Company website
Posted on: 10 Aug 2018
Languages: English
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